On Wednesday, Sept. 23, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield told the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee:

1. Face masks work to protect people from coronavirus; and

2. Face masks may work even better than an eventual vaccine.

My suggestion is that Gov. Parson make wearing a face mask in public mandatory everywhere for all people over 2 years of age in Missouri.

My question is:

Why does the governor continue to refuse to issue such an order?

Richard F. Carlson is a Columbia resident.

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